Australian Native Plants

  Portulaca oleraceae (Pigweed)


Portulaca oleraceae photo
Portulaca oleracea flowers

Photograph by Ethel Aardvark. Some rights reserved.    (view image details)

Portulaca oleraceae photo
Portulaca oleracea plant

Photograph by Ethel Aardvark. Some rights reserved.    (view image details)



Credits:
Description and Habitat information is sourced from: Agriculture and Fisheries, Queensland Government, Common saltmarsh plants of Queensland, https://www.publications.qld.gov.au/dataset/common-saltmarsh-plants-of-queensland Licensed under Creative Commons CC BY 4.0 license.



PIGWEED FACTS

distribution map showing range of Portulaca oleraceae in Australia

Map is from The Atlas of Living Australia web site, licensed under Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Australia License


Common Name
Pigweed

Other Names
Purslane

Description
Portulaca oleracea has spoon-shaped leaves attached to the stem at the narrow end. This species is a low-growing prostrate form and has yellow flowers in its axils. The leaves are mostly alternate. It usually flowers between December and March. Pigweed is common in sandy soils and can be established by seed or cuttings.

Habitat
sandy soils, saltpan areas

Distribution
Northern Territory, Australian Capital Territory, Queensland, New South Wales, Victoria., South Australia, Western Australia,

Growth Characteristics
Height: 0.2m
Propagation
seed,



Classification
Class:Magnoliopsida
Order:Caryophyllales
Family:Portulacaceae
Genus:Portulaca
Species:oleraceae
Common Name:Pigweed